New Castle News

August 27, 2013

Hickory Township woman tries to keep wild turkeys from fowling up traffic

Lugene Hudson
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — It isn’t a job with pay, but every morning between 7 and 8 a.m., Trenda Malizia has become a turkey crossing guard.

About five or six wild turkeys show up at the same time each day near her home on Lakewood Road in Hickory Township.

It’s a great sight for wildlife lovers but for those hurrying to get to work, it’s a bit of a problem because the turkeys don’t want to get off the road.

So, Malizia — concerned for the welfare of the fowl — appointed herself keeper of the turkeys.

“They have traffic backed up, and out of compassion to the people trying to get to work, I’m out there getting them off the road. I don’t want the turkeys to be killed.”

Malizia said that each spring, there’s a flock, and babies are born in a nearby field. She said that while some people appear to be afraid of the turkeys, they actually come right up to her door.

“Two of them are real characters,” she said, adding a relative refers to her as the turkey whisperer.

Meanwhile, those driving along Lakewood Road at that time of morning know there will be a turkey encounter.

Some people have even complained to the local police department, Malizia said, but she theorizes that the traffic stoppage won’t go on forever.

“Eventually, they’ll roost someplace else; probably when turkey season starts,” she pointed out. “They’re really smart.”